Sonata No. 2 for Violin and Piano in A major Op. 12  *

Allegro vivace                                               7'34"

Andante più tosto - Allegretto                       6'09"

Allegro piacevole                                          5'50"              

                                                                Total Time 19'35"


Sonata No. 3 for Violin and Piano in E-flat major Op. 12  **

Allegro con spirito                                            9'14"

Adagio con molta espressione                        7'19"

Rondò - Allegro molto                                      4'40"              

                                                                              Total Time 21'13"

Conceived, recorded and produced by Giulio Cesare Ricci

Recorded at “Sala dell’Ermellino” Casa della Musica, Milano

Recording date November 10th, 2019  *

Recording date February 10th, 2020  **

Recording assistant: Paola Liberato

Valve microphones: Neumann U47, U48

Mike pre-amplifiers, cables (line, microphone, supply): Signoricci

Photos by Andrea Micheli

The Master has been implemented with Ampex ATR 102 (Electronic Tube Ampex Model 351 - 1965) 2 tracks, 1/2 inch  30ips modified by David Manley.

The Mastering for Vinyl was made by Giulio Cesare Ricci using Signoricci's analog and valve system.

Thanks to Micheli Associati for having granted the "Sala dell'Ermellino" Casa della Musica, Milan for the recording of this album.

The recording collaboration with the great violinist Salvatore Accardo, which began 30 years ago, continues.

In this project Maestro Accardo masterfully interprets the Sonatas for violin and piano No. 2 and No. 3 by Ludwig Van Beethoven with two different pianists: the Sonata No. 2 with Stefania Redaelli and the Sonata No. 3 with Maria Grazia Bellocchio.

I recorded this album in the Sala dell'Ermellino - Casa della Musica in Milan in three different moments: on November 10th 2019 the Sonata No.2 and on February 10th 2020 the Sonata No.3.

I used the legendary original Neumann U47, U48 tube microphones from 1947 and 1949 with a very natural timbre using field effect bi-microphone techniques.

These microphones have an important history: they are in fact the original microphones used to record, among others, the performances of the Beatles in the Abbey Road Studio and by RCA for the recordings of "Living Stereo".

The sound I can capture with these legendary mics is perfectly in line with my taste in sound.

No other microphone has such a true timbre and the ability to carve all the nuances of the sound and all the richness of the harmonics.

The uniqueness of these microphones is linked to their ability to create a perfect "sound photograph" and to place the music perfectly placed in the sound space chosen for the recording.

fonè has been offering for 40 years recordings made in the name of technological refinement and aimed at recovering the original musical atmospheres.

The result of this recording is fantastic.

With this recording I wanted to give the listener a unique experience.

It is as if the listener were seated in an armchair positioned in the ideal point of the Sala dell'Ermellino.

In this position the sound has a field effect and its depth, width and height are very evident.

Great dynamics and great precision.

An album not to be missed!

giulio cesare ricci


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